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February 07, 2007

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Red Sonja

I define myself as a "global soul," for the same reasons that Pico Iyer also calls himself a "mongrel" yet refuses to be called "foreign." However, I can't help but wonder if this concept of a Global Soul is being cooked up under the conducting of the lengthy fingers of capitalism. How is the capitalist's idea of a Global Soul any different from Emerson's utopian ideal of the universal global soul? Being a Global Soul is no more a joy than a frustration; it is "made up of fusions (and confusions" and is "less exalted" (Iyer, 18) than we imagine. Somehow I can't help but feel that idealistic businesses would love to see that rosy-cheeked Swiss girl (raised in Vietnam and Columbia) currently shopping for jeans or a new cell phone in New York City. The reality is that most of us are still shopping for a home.

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